Akron, Ohio – July 18th, 2016 – The Scrap Yard Dawgs are wrapping up their two-week road trip back in Akron with a three-game series against the Racers. The Dawgs are 2-2 on the season against the Akron Racers so far.
After a scoreless first two innings for both teams it was clear this game was going to be a pitching dual between two veterans of the league. Sarah Pauly, throwing for the Racers was the first NPF pitcher to reach 100 wins. She entered the game with a 3.22 ERA and 5-2 record on the season. In the circle for the Dawgs was 2015 NPF Championship MVP and former four-time All-American at Tennessee, Monica Abbott.
Abbott brought her A game tonight as she sat down the Racers fourth (Sam Fischer), fifth (Alex Hugo), and sixth (Shellie Robinson) hitters in order in the bottom of the second. Once the Dawgs found their groove they could not be stopped. With two outs in the top of the third inning, Dawgs left fielder and last week’s Powerhandz player of the game against the Chicago Bandits, Kiki Stokes, put the Dawgs on the board with not only the first hit of the game but a solo home-run to straight away center field (1-0). Former Fighting Irish, Emilee Koerner followed K. Stokes performance with another bomb to center field (2-0). Koerners’ homer was her sixth (6) of the season. Second baseman, Nerissa Myers chopped one up the middle to earn her first hit of the night and the Dawgs third hit in a row. Pauly quickly went back to work with a strikeout to Amanda Fama to stop the damage.
The first runner to reach base for the Akron Racers was in the top of the fourth inning from a walk to third baseman, Kelley Montalvo. Abbott struck again after giving up the free pass with a big strikeout to draftee, Sami Fagan who is hitting an impressive .396 on the season followed by another to Fischer to end the side. Taylore Fuller led off the fifth inning with a walk. A hard shot from Emily Crane was robbed by a full-effort diving catch from centerfielder, Taylor Schlopy. Pinch runner for Fuller, Mikela Manewa was thrown out at second base attempting to steal.
The fourth and fifth innings remained scoreless once again for both sides. In the top of the sixth a defensive change for the Racers substituted Fischer at first base for Jennifer Gilbert. The Dawgs seem to only want to score when they can touch all four bases at once. Myers stepped up in the sixth with one out and smashed a solo-homer over the centerfield fence putting another run on for the Dawgs and going 2 for 2 on the night with a walk (3-0). The first out in the seventh inning for the Dawgs came from a hard line drive to left field off the bat of Lexi Overstreet. Renee Erwin entered the game as a pinch hitter for shortstop, Christian Stokes but was struck out by Pauly. A hit in the bottom of the seventh by Fagan after another walk to Montalvo put runners on first and third for the Racers. Abbott stayed composed sitting down Gilbert, Hugo, and Robinson respectfully to finish the game.
Both Pauly and Abbott delivered impressive outings tonight. Pauly ended the night with three (3) strikeouts, gave up four (4) hits, on two (2) walks, and three (3) earned runs. Abbott ended with fourteen (14) strikeouts, giving up one (1) hit, on two (2) walks, and ___ earned runs securing the win for the Dawgs!
The Dawgs will be back at Firestone Stadium tomorrow July 19th, for the second game of this series against the Racers. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm ET.
What’s New with the Scrap Yard Dawgs?
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About the Scrap Yard Dawgs
The Scrap Yard Dawgs will begin competition in the National Pro Fastpitch league in 2016. The Dawgs will provide elite softball players the opportunity to pursue a professional career and inspire the next generation of professionals. Located in the Houston area, the Dawgs organization and its players are committed to demonstrating leadership in community involvement, entertainment, and professionalism. Follow the Dawgs at www.scrapyarddawgs.com or on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
About the NPF
National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) is headquartered in Nashville, Tenn. The league, created to give elite female fastpitch players the opportunity to pursue a professional career in their chosen sport, has operated since 1997 under the names of Women’s Pro Fastpitch (WPF) and Women’s Pro Softball League (WPSL). NPF is the Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball in the category of women’s fastpitch softball and has been since 2002.